WICHITA, Kan., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Kansas authorities announced Saturday the arrest of a man long-sought by state and federal authorities as the notorious "BTK" serial killer.
"The bottom line: BTK is arrested," police chief Norman Williams told a packed news conference that included state and federal law officers, political officials and numerous family members of victims. Those words caused the crowd to stand and cheer.
Dennis Rader, 59, was arrested in Park City without incident after a routine traffic stop and is being held at an undisclosed as authorities consider appropriate charges, officials said. No other information was released.
BTK, which stands for "bind, torture and kill," is the self-described moniker of a killer who left eight victims dead from 1974 to 1986. Most of the killer's victims have been young women.
Authorities interrogated a "person of interest" Friday for several hours after sealing a house in Park City, Kan., a residential area about seven miles north of Wichita.
Mayans confirmed Rader's DNA is a match to evidence gathered at the scene of at least one BTK murder. Those tests were conducted Friday.
Prosecutor Nola Foulston said that because Kansas had no death penalty law until after the BTK killings, the suspect will not face capital punishment.